The outbreak of dengue fever on Big Island has increased by three cases, bringing the total to 170, according to The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH). These cases include 152 residents and 18 visitors.

The Department of Health is spraying and treating areas connected to confirmed cases to reduce mosquito populations. In addition, Civil Defense teams are inspecting areas of high mosquito presence reported by the community. If teams visit your home while you are away, they will leave a note – please follow the instructions on the note to contact the appropriate agency.

While these efforts lower risk by reducing mosquito populations, the most effective method to reduce the spread of dengue is for everyone to avoid and prevent mosquito bites. Fight The Bite by wearing clothing that minimizes exposed skin, using mosquito repellent, and avoiding activities in areas of high mosquito concentration during the early morning and late afternoon periods when mosquito activity is greatest.

In an effort to teach children about dengue fever and the mosquito vector,  group from the University of Hawaii at Hilo School of Nursing wrote the illustrated booklet, “Molly the Mosquito”.

According to Hawaii media,  the 16-page booklet takes children through the life cycle of a mosquito and how it spreads dengue.

Image/National Atlas of the United States
Image/National Atlas of the United States